Author Archive: Karen Batra

Karen Batra

Karen Batra is Director of Food & Agriculture Communications, and has worked for BIO since 2008.   Having lived in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years, Karen has worked for four major national trade associations specializing in communications and media relations, most recently at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

What Karen likes best about BIO, aside from her uber-talented colleagues, is working to promote a technology that truly helps to heal, feed and fuel the world.  In the food & ag sector, we aim to help farmers do what they do best – grow the most abundant, most affordable and safest food supply in the world.

Karen’s favorite biotech food is papaya, and her favorite genetically engineered animal is the spidey-goat.  Karen also has two Glofish, Redfish and Bluefish, who live with their non-biotech cousin, Peachy the Snail.

Latest Posts

Pew Study on Attitudes towards GMOs & Organics Gains Media Attention


A number of mainstream media outlets reported over the weekend on the Pew Research Center report released last week examining the differing views on organic foods and GMOs. NPR:  A lot of Americans don’t care what scientists think about GMOs. For instance, 39 percent of the survey participants believe that GM foods are worse for your health than non-GM food. However, there’s essentially no scientific evidence to support that belief – a conclusion confirmed most Read More >

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Purdue Study: Eliminating GMOs Would Hurt Environment


A global ban on genetically modified crops would raise food prices and add the equivalent of nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, a study by researchers from Purdue University shows. Using a model to assess the economic and environmental value of GMO crops, agricultural economists found that replacing GMO corn, soybeans and cotton with conventionally bred varieties worldwide would cause a 0.27 to 2.2 percent increase in food costs, depending on Read More >

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NYT Misses the Point on Yields, Pesticides and What Farmers Need

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Industry experts, academics, farmers and growers have plenty to say about an October 30 article in The New York Times. Authored by Danny Hakim, NYT investigative reporter out of the London bureau, Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops, is critical of biotechnology and claims that it “has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.” Politico’s Morning Ag did a nice job of Read More >

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Organic and Non-GMO Candy… Trick or Treat??


Julie Kelly explains in the Chicago Tribune that organic candy might be a trend, but it might be more of a trick than a treat: Did you know that eating organic jelly beans is a way of life?  Me neither. But apparently it’s a thing. In a video posted recently on the Jelly Belly website, Linda Rowland Brasher, the company’s president and CEO, excitedly discusses its new organic jelly beans: “Organic isn’t just a trend Read More >

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6 Myths About GMOs


As a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 9 years, Bethany Thayer says she enjoys communicating with people about healthy living and eating. Bethany Thayer MS, RDN, is director of the Henry Ford Center for Health Promotion and is president of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which also named her as the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in 2012. She writes an article in The Detroit News addressing Read More >

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